News for Monday, April 29, 2002

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National Day of Prayer is Thursday

Gathering set for Routt County Courthouse lawn

Many residents of Steamboat Springs will take a moment Thursday to participate in a nation-wide prayer at noon on the courthouse lawn in the observance of the National Day of Prayer.

What's in it for us?

Smaller towns question housing authority

Representatives from Oak Creek, Hayden and Yampa on Monday challenged housing authority supporters to show how their towns would benefit from the creation of a taxing district to support affordable housing.

Our View: Second guessing the Oak Creek Town Board

When Ray Leibensperger took the job as Oak Creek's first town manager, he said he wanted to stay in the position 10 years and then retire. Leibensperger barely made it a year. When four new members were elected to the seven-member Oak Creek Town Board April 7, the first thing the board did was accept Leibensperger's resignation and eliminate his position.

Letter: Here's to a successful winter

This has surely been a challenging winter. The tragedies of Sept. 11 had an immediate impact on the travel industry. Add to that the uncertainty of the national economy and an unseasonably warm November resulting in a delayed opening.

Letter: Steamboat needs to examine tax structure

Steamboat's heavy dependence on sales tax has a negative effect on lower-income people. As any economist will tell you, the city's current tax burden falls most heavily on those who can least afford it.

Routt County tops 20,000 in population

County has grown 2.9 percent since 2000 Census

Routt County has topped 20,000 people, according to the latest figures from the Census Bureau. The county grew by 2.9 percent from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2001, according to estimates released Monday. The new population is 20,255 people, an increase of 565 residents since the official count in the 2000 Census.

Spirit Challenge marks start of running season

Weather will have impact on turnout for Saturday event

For local running series director Emily Conjura, Saturday is the first day of a new season. "The Spirit Challenge has always marked the start of my summer," Conjura said.

Sailors stay alive in baseball playoffs

7-4 win over Battle Mountain pits Steamboat against Rifle

David May struck out five hitters and gave up just four runs Monday night as he led the Sailors past Battle Mountain 7-4 in the pigtail round of the district tournament.

Students fare well in writing contest

Seven will travel to Denver this weekend for awards

On Sunday, seven students from Steamboat Springs Middle School will attend a Circle of Champions Luncheon in Denver hosted by the Denver Broncos as a reward for their accomplishments in the 11th annual Anne Frank Writing Contest.

Forest Service urges residents to stay off closed roads

Four wheeling in spring can create heavy damage

U.S. Forest Service officials hope four-wheel-drive enthusiasts can contain themselves when they come across closed gates guarding muddy roads.

Realtors contest offers help for homebuyers

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors is sponsoring a contest that should draw interest from income-eligible first-time homebuyers in Steamboat Springs.

Sound Off: Readers offer their views

Giot a comment? e-mail soundoff@steamboatpilot.com

Sound off on Sound Off I just wanted to call and say I think it's ridiculous that you have your Sound Off and no one has to leave their name when your letters to the editor still have to have a phone number and verification of authenticity by someone signing it. It should be the same way with your Sound Off.

Permits szhow decline in building, but optimism persists

When general contractor Jeff Koepfer was siding a home this winter, construction workers stopped by daily looking for work. Last spring, his answering machine was overflowing with workers looking for projects.

Pilot & Today details staff changes

Brandon Swank has been named news editor for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Swank, 24, is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He joined the Pilot & Today in August 2000 as a copy editor.

Economic summit to focus on plight of mountain towns

Mountain towns all have their own peculiarities, but often they have the same economic and social challenges in common. Economic Summit 2002 on May 29-30 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Conference Center will attempt to draw on the expertise of other mountain towns to shed light on Steamboat Springs' efforts to strengthen its economic vitality.

Craigs are bullish on ranching

Ask Dan Craig what the best day of his life was, and he doesn't hesitate. It was the day he sold D.K. Monument L1 109 for $6,000. The date was April 4, 2002. The place was an auction barn in Columbus, Mont. And D.K. Monument L1 109 might prove to be the best Hereford bull Dan and Karen Craig have ever produced at their small ranch just north of Phippsburg.